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Tom Waits

Glenn O'Brien, Interview, May 1984

TOM WAITS writes great songs and sings them with greatness. He made his first album ten years ago. It was called Clos­ing Time; he has been open ever since. His new album Swordfishtrombones (Is­land Records) is his ninth. His songs have also been recorded by others including the Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler, Richie Havens, Jerry Jeff Walker, Martin Mull and Barbie Benton. His score for Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart was nominated for an Academy Award. He has also acted in three of Cop­pola's films: The OutsidersRumble Fish (and the forthcoming extravaganza Cotton Club.)

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